September 08, 2016
The Public Health Institute and its Center for Climate Change and Health applaud the landmark passage of SB 32, the most progressive climate bill in the country, signed into law today by Governor Brown. more
July 07, 2016
The Public Health Institute expresses our disappointment with the FY 2017 House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill that passed the Subcommittee by voice vote on July 7th. While there are some positives, such as increased NIH funding, the bill makes substantial cuts to significant programs needed to improve the public’s health. more
June 16, 2016
The Public Health Institute enthusiastically congratulates the city of Philadelphia for its hard-fought but ultimately winning effort to pass a sugar-sweetened beverage tax. The city will impose a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on distributors of sugar-sweetened beverages, as well as diet beverages, and use the funds to expand pre-kindergarten and improve parks, recreation centers, and libraries. more
June 13, 2016
The Public Health Institute condemns Sunday's mass shooting of 49 gays and lesbians, mostly people of color, in Orlando, Florida, and joins the majority of Americans in calling for immediate changes that strengthen gun safety laws and better protect the American public from gun violence. Every day we wait, we sacrifice more lives. more
June 01, 2016
PHI applauds today’s announcement of draft guidance for the first federal targets for voluntary reductions of salt in processed and restaurant foods. The guidance offers two and ten year targets for sodium reduction in a wide range of food categories. Excess salt intake is a key contributing factor to high blood pressure and stroke, the leading cause of death in the United States. This is an important first step for our country. more
May 20, 2016
"The Public Health Institute and PHI’s California Project LEAN applaud today’s announcement by the FDA and First Lady Michelle Obama of changes in the Nutrition Facts Panels. Consumers want to know what’s in their food and how it contributes or detracts from their health. Today’s announcement from the FDA is a major step in giving consumers the power and knowledge to make the best decisions for themselves and their families." more
May 18, 2016
The Public Health Institute and its Center for Climate Change and Health join health professionals around the world today in calling for all G7 nations to aggressively move away from coal-fired electricity.
We urge strong action not just at an international or national level, but also statewide in California and in our home base of Oakland. Shifting away from coal-fired power as quickly as possible is vital and urgent—to protect us from the long term impacts of catastrophic climate change, and to protect our health today from coal air pollution. more
May 13, 2016
The Public Health Institute (PHI) stands in strong opposition to using any portion of the Prevention and Public Health Fund (Prevention Fund) as an offset for emergency supplemental funding to address the Zika virus.
Although PHI is fully supportive of the highest possible level of supplemental funds to respond to the Zika virus, we are opposed to efforts that simultaneously undermine critical services and prevention programs supporting communities and at-risk populations. Using prevention money to pay for emergencies is contrary to creating a whole and functioning public health infrastructure and only compounds the problem—putting our nation’s health and safety at an even greater risk. more
May 05, 2016
The Public Health Institute applauds action taken by the federal government and the State of California to tackle the public health harm of tobacco use, which continues to be one of the biggest causes of chronic disease and premature death in the United States.
The federal government, Governor Brown and California legislators chose to protect the public’s health rather than pander to big tobacco companies. Their actions will save thousands of lives. We hope other states and local jurisdictions will follow their lead. more
May 04, 2016
It is time that big beverage companies dip into their millions of dollars of profits and help pay for the damage their products cause. The health impact fund generated through the excise tax will help balance the scale by bringing much needed resources to the schools and communities that need it most.
PHI is proud to endorse the Oakland distributor excise tax. We believe in the power of Oakland’s community members to win this fight, in spite of the millions of dollars that the beverage company will pour into this initiative. PHI will be standing and fighting right alongside Oakland. more
April 04, 2016
We need action at all levels of government, from every sector, and in communities. We must clean up major sources of carbon pollution, including power plants, cars, and trucks--while at the same time, ensuring that communities are given the tools and resources necessary to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of our changing climate. more
New 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines Make Some Progress but Fall Short On Meat Recommendation and Importance of Sustainability
January 08, 2016
The Public Health Institute welcomes the strong 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released on January 7 by the United States Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. The guidelines serve as one of the most important science-based tools the American public has to advise on maintaining healthy eating, and underpin many of the nation’s food policies. Because of that role, they should not bend to politics or pressure. more
December 14, 2015
“The Public Health Institute welcomes the historic and ambitious agreement on climate change carved out by world leaders of 195 countries at the COP21 meeting in Paris.
"The path has been laid out, now we must begin the important work to implement the agreement. Leaders must now hold themselves steady to the course, and accountable to their commitments. And we need to continue to push our leaders, and ourselves, to reach even further: every action to reduce or mitigate climate change is also an opportunity to build better health and equity." more
Gun Violence Research Critical, More Is Needed — PHI Urges Congress to Adopt Comprehensive Public Health Solutions
December 03, 2015
In the aftermath of the tragic shooting in San Bernardino—the 355th mass shooting in 2015—the Public Health Institute stands with President Obama in calling on Congress to pass common sense gun safety laws to better protect the American public from the snowballing epidemic of gun violence. Gun violence is a public health crisis that requires comprehensive solutions, now. Read the statement from Matthew Marsom, PHI Vice President for Public Policy and Programs. more
October 07, 2015
The Public Health Institute applauds California’s passage of SB 350, which will increase the state’s renewable electricity use to 50% and double energy efficiency in existing buildings by 2030—but regrets that the state failed to include a mandate to reduce petroleum use. more
August 03, 2015
The Public Health Institute and its Center for Climate Change and Health join health professionals and health organizations around the country in applauding President Obama's and the Environmental Protection Agency's big step toward a clean energy future with the release of the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan is the first ever rule to regulate emissions of carbon dioxide from power plant—the largest source of carbon emissions in the U.S. and a critical contributor to climate change. more
June 29, 2015
The Public Health Institute commends today’s Supreme Court decision in the King v. Burwell case. By protecting the tax subsidies currently received by over 6 million Americans through federally run health insurance exchanges across the country, the ruling helps to ensure that these Americans will continue to be able to afford the healthcare coverage they need. more
June 18, 2015
"Roots of Change and Public Health Institute are deeply disappointed that despite strong support from across the state, and bi-partisan support in Sacramento, the final 2015-16 budget agreement negotiated by Governor Brown, Senate Pro Tem DeLeon and Assembly Speaker Atkins failed to include funding for nutrition incentives." more
June 16, 2015
Today's action by the FDA to definitively remove trans fats from the food supply is a major step forward for heart health. We hope to see similar steps on two other leading dietary contributors to heart disease, excess salt in processed foods and excess sugar in sugary drinks and processed foods, both of which are before the FDA awaiting action. We look forward to this being the beginning of FDA leadership to place the nation on a stronger footing for a healthy diet. more
May 12, 2015
The Public Health Institute is deeply disappointed with the California State Assembly Health Committee's failure to pass the Children and Family Health Promotion Program (AB 1357), which would have required a two-cents per ounce fee on sugar-sweetened beverages, with a portion of these funds going to Farm-to-Fork and drinking water initiatives.